Youngcare Charity steer revealed

THE 2009 RNA Youngcare Charity Steer Auction has officially been launched at The Scots PGC College.

The college cattle team has been preparing Santa's Gift, a donated Santa Gertrudis steer, and has already raised more than $15,000.

This is the second year a charity steer has been raised for the Ekka. Last year Warwick State High School prepared a beast.

Youngcare chief executive officer Marina Vit said she was excited to formally launch the 2009 program, which was held on Thursday.

“This quirky fundraiser, which will culminate in the auction of Santa's Gift at the Ekka, has already raised over $15,000 in support for Youngcare, and it appears we're only getting started,” she said.

“Charity initiatives such as the 2009 RNA Youngcare Charity Steer Auction allow us to get out among the community and continue to spread the Youngcare message and inform everyone on the perils which some young people face in aged care.”

The Santa Gertrudis Society of Australia was the first to kick-start the 2009 RNA Youngcare Charity Steer Auction initiative through its generous donation of Santa's Gift to Youngcare.

Scots deputy principal Ben Manifold said the cattle team had taken Santa's Gift to numerous shows, including the Warwick Show and Casino Beef Week 2009, where the steer led the parade.

“At this stage we have raised around $16,000 - I would hope that it will go well over $20,000,” Mr Manifold said.

“It is about the students giving their time to an organisation and not getting anything back. It has been an educational process for them.”

Santa's Gift will be shown in the hoof and hook competition at the Ekka next month, before he is auctioned off to the highest bidder.



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